Greater Easley and Powdersville News


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12/28/2020 Press Release
Easley Chamber Presents Annual Business & Leadership Awards

By means of video, the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce presented is annual leadership and small business awards to honor several businesses and individuals for their leadership, business success, and community service. Due to COVID-19, the award presentation video was produced in lieu of an in-person event. Cindy Hopkins, President of the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, stated, “We regret not having the opportunity to present our annual awards at a traditional in-person event. But regardless of the setting, it’s an honor to recognize the success and contributions of local business leaders whose contributions are building a solid foundation for long-term community growth and sustainability. Our chamber extends our sincere gratitude for their leadership, which serves as an example for all of us.”

Three awards were presented for volunteer leadership to the chamber. Sam Gillespie with American Legion Post 52 was honored as the Ambassador of the Year for his support of the chamber’s membership retention efforts and event planning. The 2019 Director of the Year honor was jointly presented to Jerry Garrett with Garland & George-Purveyors of Quality Antiques and Lawson Clary with 5 Point Church in recognition of dedicated service to the chamber’s Board of Directors. Gordon Brush with Powdersville Water was honored as the 2019 Powdersville Business Council Advisory Member of the Year for his efforts in developing the new Rhythm on the River event. 

In addition, four small business awards were presented by Sam’s Club of Easley to recognize local business achievement. Kudzu Staffing, Inc. was honored as the Small Business of the Year for their business success and commitment to community service. The Non-Profit of the Year honor was presented to Pickens County Board of Disabilities & Special Needs for developing The Jericho Project on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University. Sara Trinkl Juneau was honored as the Young Professional of the Year for her professional achievements and community service activities. Receiving the Pillar of Easley Award was the School District of Pickens County recognizing their success in student academic achievement and their commitment to innovation, infrastructure investment and best practice models. 
Duke Energy also presented its annual Citizenship and Service Award, which honors an individual who uses their time, talents and passion to set a standard and foster a culture for citizenship, service and community responsibility for others. Jim Garrison was honored as the award recipient for his leadership in creating Operation Dragonfly and Veterans Memorial Walk, which was dedicated in March 2020 to honor the memory and legacy of Captain Kimberly Hampton.